Coconino National Forest fire managers are planning a small, prescribed fire on Monday, Oct. 24 with several other burns planned later in the week.
Prescribed fire activity is difficult to plan in advance, as burn days, project areas and acres depend on winds, ventilation, and other conditions. Fire managers typically establish plans one to two days before burning, when forecasts are clearer.
For Monday, Oct. 24:
Limestone Flats Project: 15 acres in the Long Valley Experimental Forest located just west of Clint’s Well, the junction of Highway 87 and Forest Highway 3 (Lake Mary Road).
The burn is part of ongoing research; the area is introduced to fire every one to two years. Because of the small size and lower volumes of fuel, smoke impacts from this burn will be minimal. During ignition, smoke will be visible from Hwy 87 and FH3 and will disperse to the north. Little to no residual smoke is expected.
Fire managers will consider the following projects for the remainder of the week.
Hart Prairie Project – located north of Flagstaff, east of Hwy 180, west of AZ Snowbowl on Forest Road 151. Smoke will disperse to the north and east around the San Francisco Peaks. If overnight winds are light, residual smoke may settle around Hwy 180, Ft Valley and Flagstaff.
Mountainaire Project – located south of Flagstaff between I-17 and Lake Mary Road near the community of Mountainaire. Smoke typically disperses to the north and east during the day. Smoke will be noticeable south of Flagstaff.
Victorine Project – located southeast of the community of Blue Ridge, north of Knoll Lake. Smoke would disperse to the north and east. Residual smoke could impact subdivisions near East Clear Creek overnight.
For more fire information, call the prescribed fire hotline: (928) 226-4607 or
Coconino National Forest Website at www.fs.fed.us/r3/coconino.